Fall 2021

Past Events

September 14, 2021



Arturo O'Farrill

Photo by Laura Mariet

This lecture by Arturo O’Farrill will be livestreamed.

Introduced by Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts. 

Arturo O’Farrill, composer, pianist, and Professor of Global Jazz Studies at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music will discuss several aspects of his music, including (but not limited to):

1. How a classically trained musician with an Irish-Mexican-Cuban-German heritage and a propensity toward the avant-garde became the poster boy for Afro Latin Jazz.

2. The creative process in his music, his influences, process, and his newest composition, Mundoagua.

Related event: Arturo O’Farrill & the Latin Jazz Orchestra will perform in Miller Theatre on Saturday, September 18, featuring the world premiere of Mundoagua, a new commission from the School of the Arts. 

Co-presented by the Arts Initiative; Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia Global Centers, Columbia World ProjectsDepartment of MusicInstitute for Latin American Studies, The Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Miller Theatre, Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, and the School of the Arts.

Corresponding Concert


Live from Columbia: Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

World premiere of "Mundoagua" by Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Commissioned by Columbia University School of the Arts and livestreamed from the Miller Theatre stage.

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